The U.S. Supreme Court is set to examine whether Texas– the nation’s busiest state for capital punishment– is trying to put a convicted killer to death who’s intellectually disabled, which would make him ineligible for execution under the court’s current guidance.
Lawyers for 57-year-old Bobby James Moore contend that the state’s highest criminal court ignored current medical standards when it decided Moore isn’t mentally disabled. That ruling removed a legal hurdle to Moore’s execution for the shotgun slaying of a Houston grocery store clerk in 1980.
Defense attorney Clifford Sloan said the Texas court of criminal appeals is a “conspicuous outlier” among state courts and “defies both the Constitution and common sense, in written briefs submitted ahead of tomorrow’s scheduled oral arguments.
Source: Local News